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CV’s Rapposelli makes Meet of Champions

The ConVal girls alpine team traveled to King Pine ski area in East Madison on Thursday for the Division II Championships.

The Cougars finished ninth overall as a team with 523 points and were 34 points away from seventh place, a spot they could have quite easily filled if not for a fall by the team’s best skier in the giant slalom. Kennett won the girls portion of the D-II meet with 773 points, repeating as champion.

And with no seniors on the team, the future looks bright for ConVal. Especially with freshman Maura Rapposelli set to lead the Cougars for the next three years.

Rapposelli burst onto the alpine scene with a win in her first high school race and she continued to dominate on her way to last week’s Division II meet.

In the giant slalom, the first of two disciplines, Rapposelli was sitting in the top 20 after her first run of 27.19 seconds. But a fall in her second trip down King Pine put her out of the team scoring, finishing sixth overall for the Cougars.

Yet the freshman did not let it affect her performance in the slalom. Rapposelli posted times of 33.6 and 34.98 to place ninth overall and earn a spot at Meet of Champions on March 6 at Cannon Mountain.

The top 10 skiers from each discipline advanced to the state meet and Rapposelli finished less than one second ahead of Plymouth’s Risa Mosenthal, who finished 11th.

This season, Rapposelli earned three regular season wins out of six races and also had a runner-up finish, while leading the Cougars in every one, all of which were held at ConVal’s home course of Crotched Mountain.

Junior Martina Masce paced the Cougars in the giant slalom with runs of 29.62 and 30.77 to finish 33rd. She was fifth on the team in the slalom, 57th overall, following a tough second run. Last year, Masce placed for ConVal in both races.

Sophomore Julia Walden was second in both disciplines for ConVal. She was 31st in the slalom, finishing with times of 42.17 and 44.44, and 38th in the giant slalom, 29.98 and 31.21.

Sophomore Emma Carney was the model of consistency on Thursday, placing third for ConVal in each race. She was 52nd in the slalom with runs of 49.04 and 51.67, while taking 57th in the giant slalom.

Larkin DeVinne grabbed the final scoring spot for the Cougars in the slalom, 55th overall, while Sarah Kolk did so in the giant slalom, 60th.

Last year, ConVal was 10th in Division II with 550 points.

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